Career opportunities

A second language opens up job opportunities in business, education, media, tourism, and more—from Wellington to the wide world.

Be a global citizen

The successful global citizen can communicate in two or more languages and has a high degree of intercultural competence. Knowledge of different languages and cultures expands our minds, transforms our experience of the world and brings benefits to local and global economies. Business and international relationships flourish when people from vastly different cultures understand one another. Studying languages and cultures at university level gives you an edge both on a personal level and in terms of your employability.

Career options

In addition to jobs where languages are central to the job such as a translator, interpreter or a languages teacher, languages can add value to other work skills.

Languages are particularly valuable in industries which are global in focus such as:

  • importing/exporting services or products
  • education
  • media, publishing and entertainment
  • professional and research-based organisations.

Language and culture skills are easily transferable across a range of sectors including health, education, social work, in the justice system and in business. The comparison of other cultures and civilisations with our own broadens your perspective.

Add a foreign language to a tourism degree and the advantage is obvious, however, a bilingual marketing manager will also enjoy enhanced job opportunities. Many large law and accounting firms are internationally networked and overseas secondments are a possibility quite early in a graduate’s career.

A second language can also be an extremely valuable research tool. It can broaden the field of study and make it possible to access material published in languages other than English. This is particularly important in the science and technology disciplines, and a big advantage in the study of music, art history, history and politics.